Apr 4, 2024 - News

Meet the Maker: Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson of Generations Bakery and a sweet potato pie.

Maria Johnson and Granny Suk's Sweet Potato Pie. Photo: Justin L. Mack/Axios

Welcome to Meet the Maker, a series dedicated to shining a spotlight on local creators of all kinds.

Meet Maria Johnson, an accountant turned owner of Generations Pie Company.

  • The bakery operates out of Fortville and has become a fixture at local farmers markets.

The inspo: Johnson told Axios that Generations is more than a name. It's a nod to why she bakes in the first place.

  • "Generations started with recipes that were handed down from generations before me, and it started with my great-grandmother who is the one who taught me how to bake. Probably even before her," Johnson said. "I brought these recipes back to life to honor them."

Zoom in: She names all of her creations after the people who inspired the original recipe.

  • Granny Suk's Sweet Potato Pie. Winston's Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. Hattie Leota's Sweet Apple Pie.

What she's making now: Plans for the next generation of Generations. This spring, the company is opening a pie café next to its commercial kitchen in the 200 block of South Main Street in Fortville.

  • You will also be able to find her family's recipes at the Broad Ripple, Carmel, Fishers, Statehouse and Irvington farmers markets.

Check her out: On the Generations Pie Company website, Instagram, X or Facebook.

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